Gordon Brown, Member of Parliament, United Kingdom
Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr. Gordon Brown has been Chancellor of the Exchequer since 1997, and a Member of Parliament
since 1983. As the head of Her Majesty’s Treasury, Mr. Brown is responsible for developing and
executing the UK Government’s public finance and economic policy. Before becoming Shadow
Chancellor in 1992, he held two other senior posts on the Opposition front bench - Shadow Chief
Secretary to the Treasury from 1987 to 1989 and Shadow Trade and Industry Secretary from 1989
to 1992. Mr. Brown received his Bachelor’s with 1st Class Honors and his Ph.D. from Edinburgh
University. He was Rector of Edinburgh University, and Chairman of the University Court. He lectured
at Edinburgh University and then Caledonian University before taking up a post at Scottish
Television. Mr. Brown has edited and published a number of works including a biography of the
Independent Labour Party politician, James Maxton. In a 2006 speech to the United Nations, Mr.
Brown announced his support for the Millennium Development Goals, and outlined an environmentally
sustainable plan for development, vocalizing support for global warming measures. He
has also been a key figure in the EFA-Fast Track Initiative donor program for improving education
in the developing world.